Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) agreed to work together on sharing knowledge, transfer of technologies and training in the areas of e-Learning, skill development, rural technologies, sanitation, energy conservation and outreach programs on 15th May 2019 at Amritapuri campus.
Amma graced the occasion and wished that the MoU will blossom into a significant social impact initiative for rural India.
Dr. W. R. Reddy (IAS), Director General, NIRDPR said, “NIRDPR’s reach in rural areas, when combined with compassionate research and rural technologies of Amrita, can bring major transformation in the rural landscape of India.”
Dr. Venkat Rangan, Vice Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham said, “Amrita’s unique Live-in-Labs program requires students to go to rural areas, understand their challenges and build research-based solutions.”
Swami Jnanamritananda Puri, Mata Amritanandamayi Math said, “Amrita SeRVe project, launched in September 2013, ushered in sustainable development in village clusters across India, with a series of changes that starts from basic needs to a state of true empowerment. ”
The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), an autonomous organization under the Union Ministry of Rural Development, is a premier national centre of excellence in rural development and Panchayati Raj. It builds capacities of rural development functionaries through inter-related activities of training, research and consultancy.